Hello my lovelies,
Today we decided to make the most of the last of the Pick Your Own (PYO) seasons and headed into the lovely little suburb of Esher.
Not only is Garsons a fabulous PYO farm where during the peak season you can pick lovely fruit and vegetables, it is also an award winning farm shop and garden centre. Their premises also boast a fabulous restaurant and gift and homeware store.
Since we’d already been to Pumpkin Moon for pumpkins earlier in the week, we decided to see what other vegetables we could pick for the week. Sadly, we’d left it a little late for much of the PYO farm produce but were delighted to find that courgettes, carrots, cabbage, french beans and squash were still available.
We had thankfully had the forethought to wear our wellies and got stuck in! Missy had great fun digging up carrots and finding the biggest french beans in the first field.
We drove around to the next field and found some decent corn on the cob despite the corn season being over. We also managed to find tender broccoli florets. Cabbages are in season and I picked three to use in our cooking in the coming weeks. The find of the day, however was our much loved gem squashes! These are a staple in South Africa and we have missed them terribly! The ones we bought at Pumpkin Moon for £1 each have already been devoured. These gem squashes were only £1.29 a kilo which worked out to be better value and we took as many as we could find.
The last field we gathered from was full of marrows and courgettes. Marrows are not my favourite as I find them quite watery but I do love courgettes. We filled our bag with these tender little beauties and I can’t wait to steam them and serve them with a little butter and a sprinkle of pink Himalayan salt.
Once we’d picked as much as we wanted, we headed to the kiosk to weigh our spoils and were very surprised to only pay £14! What a bargain! Not only did we bring home a gorgeous bounty of the season’s best to feed our family, we had a fantastic morning out while Missy learned more about where our food comes from. A win-win situation!
On the cards this week will be carrot cake muffins for Missy’s school packed lunch and carrot soup for me. We’ll also have a roast chicken dinner with roasted pumpkin, steamed courgettes, corn and roasted pumpkin. I save time during the week but steaming a large batch of veggies when I do my Sunday roast. This means I have lots of sides readily available during the week.
Tomorrow when I do my grocery shop I’ll be buying some clear stand up zip lock bags to freeze my soup in. I’ve plans for carrot soup and some roasted pumpkin, chili and coconut soup to fill the freezer. Also on the cards will be my favourite french onion soup. Not an autumn goes by without me making a batch of this gorgeousness!
Don’t you just love Autumn?